When to get rid of your superstar

John GrayCorrespondent IAugust 5, 2008

Green Bay is determined to proceed with their succession plan of going with their 3 year, First Round Draft Choice, future quarterback in waiting Aaron Rogers.

Granted Aaron Rogers may be their future quarterback, but why rush their long time franchise quarterback out the door, who just lead then to the NFC Championship game.  Aaron most likely will have a few years of growing pain like most quarterbacks. 

Some other less successful succession plans:

1) Chicago Bulls lost out of at least one, if not more, additional championships for not resigning Phil Jackson which encouraged Jordan, Pippen and crew to depart. Bulls drafted Ed Curry and Chandler in a vain youth attempt, who are no longer on the team, but have not been a threat since.

2) Dodgers let Ron Cey and Steve Garvey depart to free agency with a few good years left in favor of rookie phenoms Greg Brock and Mike Marshall.  Both prospects flopped, while Cey and Garvey made the playoffs with the Dodgers and Cubs in 1984.  Dodgers rebounded briefly only after signing Kirk Gibson in 1988 but with few bright years since.

3) Roger Clemmons was not resigned by Red Sox as thought as being on down side of his career.  4 Cy Youngs and 2 WS Titles later with long time rival Yankees.  Though steroids are suspected.

4) Lakers push out Shaq since Kobe wanted to be the man.  Shaq wins title in Miami while Kobe suffers with a few mediocre seasons then losing to Celtics this year.  Shaq responds in song "Kobe how does my a$$ taste." 

The rule of thumb is that its usually best to ride your franchise player as long as you can since the succession plans usually leads to mediocrity.  At least the fans will keep the stadium full and keep rooting for their star.  The next best solution is to trade them for value the year before they retire once its evident that their performance is declining.